Twitter Responses: SSM/Partnerships Legislation

February 10, 2018

Bermuda’s legislation to replace same sex marriages with domestic partnerships was widely reported by international media following the Governor giving it assent this week, and the ‘Twitterverse’ also reacted, with those tweeting about it including business tycoon Richard Branson, American television host Katie Couric and actor John Leguizamo.

Business tycoon Richard Branson tweeted to his 12.2 million followers:

Mr Branson’s tweet was retweeted over 100 times, including by former Premier Michael Dunkley, which then earned a response from the MarriageEqualityBDA account, which ‘tagged’ Mr Dunkley and replied, “You had the opportunity to right this as leader of the government……but here you are today re-tweeting that we’ve stepped backwards. You’re part to blame! #Politics.”

Mr Dunkley then tweeted a reply saying, “We allowed it to go to court and did not appeal the decision vs. the PLP Government who actively sought to overturn the court ruling and legislate against.”

Richard Branson February 2018

British MP Chris Bryant tweeted to his 54,000 followers

Mr Bryant’s tweet earned over 1,500 retweets, over 2,200 likes, and over 100 comments.

One person responded saying, “Interesting to see Labour’s view on democracy: Chris Bryant happy with democratic decision to introduce gay marriage in Bermuda, but wants it overturned by the UK as colonial power when later vote goes against it. You can’t have it both ways, Chris.”

In response, the MP tweeted, “You really don’t know what you’re talking about. It was a Supreme court ruling!”

The British MP led a debate in the UK House of Commons on this matter last month and also asked an ‘Urgent Question’ about it yesterday following the granting of Assent — previously told Bernews he is “deeply saddened by this reactionary move” and the “UK government has fatally undermined its reputation for advancing equal rights and respecting the decisions of the court.”

Chris Bryant February 2018

Drudge Report tweeted to their 1.34 million followers

While many tweets being sent in reaction were critical of the legislation, most Twitter followers of Drudge, a conservative news aggregator, praised the move.

“I’ve been to Bermuda a few times. They seem to be a pretty sensible bunch. More proof to that here,” one person said, while another said, “Good for Bermuda,” while another called it “great news.”

“Finally a country that gets it. Gay couples should have all the same rights as hetro couples but it shouldn’t be called marriage,” said another person.

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British MP David Lammy tweeted  to his 300,000 followers

His tweet received over 1,500 combined retweet and likes, and a mixed reaction from his followers.

One person replied, “So how would our parliament over-ruling their parliament when they don’t have vote here square with human rights? You can’t impose liberalism like a colonial power without making things worse,” while another person said, “On behalf of LGBTQ+ people everywhere, thank you for trying! It means a lot to know people are standing up for us.”

David Lammy February 2018

American TV host Katie Couric tweeted to her 1.8 million followers

Ms Couric’s tweet earned over 30 likes and retweets, and eight responses, which all appeared to be negative.

“Well, strike Bermuda from my travel bucket list,” one person replied, while another person said, “Whaaaat??!!! that is absolutely unbelievable.”

Katie Couric February 2018

Actor John Leguizamo tweeted to his 740,000 followers

Mr Leguizamo tweeted using the #BoycottBermuda hashtag, attaining around 50 likes and retweets, and five reactions.

John Leguizamo February 2018

The UK’s Green Party tweeted the below to their 218,000 followers

Their tweet calling it “terrible news” received around 250 retweet and likes, and ten comments.

One person tweeted, “What a ridiculous thing to do. With the Tories in power here, Brexit, Donald Trump in America, and more nonsense around the world, this decade will be remember as the one where we became less enlightened as a species, not more.”

Green Party February 2018

The topic is even being discussed on some Olympic tweets

Buzzfeed tweeted the below to their 6.4 million followers following Bermuda’s team walking into the Winter Olympic stadium, and the first responses that show are in relation to the legislation.

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The above is, of course, only a small sample of the tweets sent in relation to the matter.

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  1. San Patrick says:

    Let us all thank God for his mercy and Grace for now because it will not always be so. Praise Him!

    • therock says:

      LOL@SanPatrick…there is no god.

      • I Am says:

        A fool says in his heart there is no God…..Psalms14:1

        • Not a Sheeple says:

          Don’t like when people through out bible quotes. Everyone seems to forget it would written by, edited and re-edited by MAN and not handed down by GOD. I’ll play your game by throwing out bible quotes.

          Leviticus 11:7-8
          And the swine, though he divide the hoof, and be clovenfooted, yet he cheweth not the cud; he is unclean to you. Of their flesh shall ye not eat, and their carcase shall ye not touch; they are unclean to you.

          Leviticus 19:28 states (Any Tattoo is you plane ticket to damnation):
          Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD.

          Deuteronomy 23:1 (circumcision is against god):
          He that is wounded in the stones, or hath his privy member cut off, shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD.

          Leviticus 19:31 looking at horoscope denies GOD:
          Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the LORD your God.

          Leviticus 19:16 (God HATES Gossiping):
          Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer among thy people: neither shalt thou stand against the blood of thy neighbour; I am the LORD.


          Mark 10:11-12 (GOD HATES Divorce and/or Remarriage after it) :
          Whosoever putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery: and whosoever marrieth her that is put away from her husband committeth adultery.

          Corinthians 14:34-35 (Bible FORBIDS women from speaking in church):
          Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law. And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.

          • Real Deal says:

            Their is nothing wrong with those scriptures it just the unfaithful wont understand them. google unlearning the lies

        • facts of the rock says:

          only fools would believe in something they cannot see!

        • therock says:

          Only a fool will pick and chose from a book written by man, and claim it as truth.

          You should have learned to think for yourself, instead of being led down the path of hatred that you took.

        • blankman says:

          “A fool says in his heart there is no god.” A wise man says it aloud.

          • Portia says:

            Saying it aloud doesn’t make one less of a fool. The words from your mouth are merely a reflection of what’s already in your heart.

            Proverbs 2:6 “All wisdom comes from the Lord, and so do common sense and understanding.”

            • Zevon says:

              It all comes from a book which is no different to any other book.
              You believe in magic, and you expect everyone else to do the same.
              The bible is a barbaric and violent book, written in the stone age. Nothing more.

              • Good Advice says:

                Well what is more barbaric than Europe and USA and they are secular societies which are not based upon any spiritual values. The bible argues for love and peace how can you argue against that.
                It does chronicle history and the atrocities that mankind went through to reach a better ethic but to throw it away and appeal to culture and reason for our moral imperatives is not wise.

            • blankman says:

              There isn’t a religion in existence that can survive the two words “Prove It”

    • Syrup says:

      A few dudes wrote a book years ago and you let it rule your life. Why? Why not choose Where’s Waldo? instead? Makes about as much sense as the bible.

    • Imjustsaying says:

      Is God gonna help our tourist industry? Because narrow minded thinking want.

      • Good Advice says:

        Will the homosexual tourist help our young people develop character and moral standards like the spiritual values taught intelligently from the scriptures will. NO! So if you are looking to lower our standards to get a few tourist you are lost.

        • blankman says:

          So tourists are supposed to help our young people develop character and moral standards? If that’s the case you’re failing as a parent. And the schools are failing as well.

          As for the spiritual values taught from the scriptures, which ones are you referring to? The few that “Christians” actually follow or the ones that they all ignore?

        • DanMBDA says:

          Unless child labor laws are repealed I don’t think we’re going to have a problem as ‘young people’ don’t work cruise ships, hotels, jet ski rentals, restaurants etc.

          Those that do (16+ I figure) are intelligent enough to figure it out for themselves.

  2. therock says:


  3. sage says:

    This country and all the homelands of the twits commenting here still beat, imprison, and rob people who love ganja which was legal then was made illegal, stripping people of their human rights because of ignorance, racism and envy, your silence on the matter is consent.

  4. puzzled says:

    Someone just shut down the net.

    Get involved. Get off and help family

  5. The Church says:

    Sage you’re clearly using too much of that product, Jesus hung out with dudes.

    • Anbu says:

      And a prostitute!!

      • DanBDA says:

        He turned water into wine also, so that’s some witchcraft or sorcery right there.

        Either that or he was a cracking home brewer.

  6. God'sTruth says:

    LoL all you tweeters can go find a rainbow elsewhere.. Thank God we repealled it, we need no influence from programmed outsiders. #Keep Bermmuda Beatiful!! It will always be, no matter who’s opinion!!!

    • Anbu says:

      Lmfao!!!! Do u even think before u type?!!! Hahahahahaha. U have the nerve to say “we need no influence from programmed outsiders.” Really? PROGRAMMED??!!! U lot really have like zero intelligence huh? There is no bigger “program” than religion. Smh. Wow

  7. Jay-O says:

    What a bunch of spoiled childish whiners. Wanna be social justice warriors. Utter nonsense from all these liberal idiots.

  8. I Am says:

    It’s great to see the world noticing and talking about a country a nation that still stands on the word of God.

    • Real Deal says:

      Yes it is. God is Great. we will show them our resolve.

    • facts of the rock says:

      Bermuda is NOT and NEVER will be a Nation,it’s nothing but volcanic rock in the Atlantic populated by narrow minded brainwashed fools,bigots and racists.

      • Intelligent says:

        And you are exhibit A. Your post reveals your nature and how you were nurtured. You are angry and hurt lacking the resources to constructively engage with reason. Sad.

    • blankman says:

      A country that still stands on the word of god? They tell me Iran is beautiful this time of year – sounds like exactly the religious environment you’re looking for.

      But if you want to “stand on the word of god” you can’t cherry pick. If you do, you’re nothing but a hypocrite.

      When was the last time you took a disobedient son to the edge of town and stoned him to death?

      And don’t forget that if a bride isn’t a virgin when she comes to the marriage bed the marriage is invalid and she should be put to death (based on my memories of high school and college that’s going to be fun).

      What about your neighbour who is working on Sunday?

      The list goes on – after all, Leviticus alone bans 76 things and calling many of them abominations but I don’t see many (any?) so called Christians following those laws. (Not to mention the rest of the 600 plus laws found in the bible.) So why should the few references to homosexuality stand when the rest of the bible doesn’t?

  9. God always wins says:

    Keep crying

    • Anbu says:

      Very “godly” think to say huh? Bigot. U know we used to stone bigots right? Careful

  10. Jus' Askin' says:

    I am Proud of Bermuda :-D

    Once again We have become a World Leader.

    This law shows Progression and I personally feel it was more than should have been given.

    ONE judge took it upon themselves to make it law, the people of Bermuda did not ;-)

    This law grants things that was asked for and for ALL couples.

    To not be happy with this law, truly shows there is clearly more to this :-(

    Proud to be Bermudian!!!!!

    • Family Man says:

      With “Progression” like this, we’re well on our way to being one of those $#!thole countries recently referred to. No chance of emulating Norway with bigotry like this.

    • Kevin says:

      I am ashamed to be a Bermudian , we have shown the world how much of a 3rd world country we are I can only hope the fallout isn’t as severe as it could be. All of the so called Bible thumpers will one day have to answer for their discrimination against fellow brothers and sisters that is if there is a God.
      my conscious is clear …… yours ???

    • blankman says:

      Hate to burst your bubble but the judge didn’t take it upon herself to make it a law.

      All she did was apply the law as written.

  11. therock says:

    “It’s great to see the world noticing and talking about a country a nation that still stands on the word of God.”

    This alone is why the world is laughing at you bumpkins.

    They also laugh at you when you travel…you’re just too stupid to get it.

    • God always wins says:

      “The world”, gay marriage is illegal in most of the world, and once your Babylon USA and Europe collapse will no longer be a relevant world “issue.” Get ready for the Chinese century and the end of your little party.

      • Toodle-oo says:

        Illegal is probably the wrong word to use because in fact it just hasn’t been legislated yet.
        You think I’m wrong ?

        Look at how many places now have it when it wasn’t even on their books 20 years ago .

        That ought to bug you for a while .

  12. Bigotry is alive and well in Bermuda and... says:

    On display for the whole world to see.

    I can’t believe that a segment of Bermuda continues to spew their hateful bigoted thoughts into the ether.

    You just continue to embarrass the right thinking empathetic Bermudians by your ignorant comments and rhetoric.

    For those horrified by Bermuda’s decision. There are many of us that are sickened by how our government and countrymen have or are behaving.

    We are a small country and some of use have small myopic minds. God will forgive them though.

    Blessings abound.

  13. Jennifer says:

    Sad, angered and disgusted. Tired of people who use their religion to celebrate the segregation of fellow humans. Have you forgotten love thy neighbour?

    • blankman says:

      Amazing (amusing?) thing is, the people throwing out those random bible quotes, don’t seem to have really read the bible. After all, it supports any number of things that they’d find abhorrent. But cherry picking is good.

  14. campervan says:

    Lets all throw out random bible quotes and act all uppity and sanctimonious while we infringe the rights of our venerable minorities. Jokers.

  15. Me says:

    God is an American